People tend to walk slowly through The National Civil War Museum—both out of respect for the fallen soldiers and sheer awe at how much there is to see. The institution strives to cover the events before, during, and after the war without bias to either the Union or Confederate cause.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
Bettering your golf game is what's at the center of the fun at Bumble Bee Hollow— and it all comes back to director of golf Lorraine Klippel, an LPGA Master and Hall of Famer. Starting with the facility's driving range, golfers come to launch practice shots from more than 50 upper and lower hitting stalls. That's a lot of space dedicated to the long game, yet Lorraine still made sure to carve out areas where players can work on their softer swings. You can encounter that action in Bumble Bee's pitching and putting areas, or on the 18-hole mini-golf course, where the putting tracts were designed to mimic the gentle contours of real greens.
Just Plain Yoga wants its visitors to find the perfect fit when it comes to yoga technique. They offer a questionnaire to identify the right class for each student, based on how rapidly or slowly they want to move, as well as whether they want to achieve relaxation, increase flexibility, or build strength in your third eyelash. The studio offers 11 different styles for intrepid yogis, including gentle hatha sessions that link breath to body, and morning vinyasa flow to jump-start the day. Hesitant first-timers are especially invited to the “yoga for any body” class, a gentle, welcoming class for anyone who thinks they are too inflexible or overweight to do yoga.
As the morning begins, a row of toddlers takes turns tumbling feet over head while their parents guide them into the correct movement. Later, school-age kids sit in a circle, legs stretched before them as they try to touch their toes. The trained staff of My Gym Children's Fitness Center imbue kids with life skills through music, physical activities, and games. Many classes incorporate physical exercises with social and developmental skills, while summer camps are also available seasonally. All classes take place in a well-padded room, led by staff trained in child development and fluent in Muppet.
Dedicated to promoting overall well-being through personal training, nutrition counseling, and stress-management programs, Absolute Wellness Group's staff consists of professionals including fitness instructors and a licensed massage therapist. Clients can swing by one of two locations for fitness boot camps alongside therapeutic services such as reiki, acupuncture, and massages. Absolute Wellness Group also regularly hosts an assortment of programs, including running programs designed to help runners of varying experience levels improve their cardiovascular endurance without actually having to spell "cardiovascular."
With 13 paintball fields spanning 39 acres, Linglestown Paintball provides a diverse landscape that accommodates both beginners and experienced dye jobbers. Woodsy warzones stand side by side with urban-inspired combat fields, re-creating any typical office environment. Safety is a top priority at Linglestown, with individual referees provided for each group and players matched based on experience levels, reducing the threat of harm to novice competitors and fast-moving mannequins. For those ready to stock up on gear over experience, the paintball pro shop is chock-full of Airsoft battlewear, weaponry, accessories, and a store starter package priced at $150.
Inside Cinema Center, moviegoers are enveloped in a state-of-the art film-viewing environment to enjoy the latest Hollywood flicks. Bring a friend or frenemy to catch a new release, such as The Dilemma, a comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, or The Green Hornet, a quirky take on the superhero genre starring Seth Rogen. Indulge eardrums with the mellifluous luxury of digital surround sound while Cinema Center theaters’ stadium seating ensures clear sightlines and good angles for not throwing popcorn.
Featured on Central PA magazine’s 2010 Hot List for Best Leisure Options, The State Museum lays out a telescopic view of the Commonwealth's history throughout its four-story building. Visitors are welcomed by the colossal figure of William Penn, flash-frozen in bronze and captured in his life-like 18-foot majesty. The statue stands flanked by cunning facsimiles of a Pennsylvania past and backed by the museum's featured exhibit, currently Wood on Glass, a photographic history and lecture series on the lumber industry. The second floor recreates a Native American village and unrolls the carpet of history from the Civil War through the Industrial Revolution and beyond. The final level delves thousands of years into the past when the eons-old Marshalls Creek Mastodon lumbered across the Pennsylvanian plains and starred in two MTV reality shows—see the 12,000-year-old, 20-foot skeleton when its exhibit opens on Sunday, February 27.
Join Theatre Harrisburg as it celebrates its 85th year of devising diverse and high-quality theatrical productions. Season subscribers can attend all five of the company’s main-stage productions, allowing them to feel as privileged as a crab apple on a banana tree. From November 4 to November 20, the holidays are celebrated with A Christmas Story, which follows a young boy’s quest to prove that Santa Claus is really a Thanksgiving turkey in disguise. Indulge pop-music inclinations as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat graces the Whitaker Center stage from February 3 to February 19, or sprinkle fingernails with cinnamon sugar to heighten the nail-biting thrills of Dial M for Murder at the Krevsky Center from March 23 to April 1.
Situated on the historic, picturesque William Penn land-grant settlement, Valley Green's verdant fairways, manicured greens, and tree-lined rolling hills have visually regaled golfers for nearly five decades. The classic northeast-style par 71 golf course unfolds across 6,300 yards, and keeps par pursuers on their toes with water hazards, sand traps, and geysers disguised as holes. Flit about the golfscape in style in one of the course's carts, and practice your long game in bucket-long increments at the driving range.
Carley's Ristorante and Piano Bar quells burning appetites for elegant flavors and family-style eating with an expansive dinner menu of shareables. Anchor incisors into The Meatball, a 12-ounce specialty studded with provolone cheese and three saucy dipping pools ($9.50), or prepare taste buds for scrumptious entrees with a variety of leafy delights, including the tuscan tossed salad with candied walnuts, goat cheese, and dried figs ($8.50+). Grain-grinding molars can chomp on mascarpone lasagna bolognese, built like an earthquake-ready skyscraper with secure layers of mozzarella, ricotta, and provolone cheeses ($13.50+). While soothing tongues with hugs of sophisticated flavors, enjoy live piano performances, including new-artist spotlights, open-mic nights, and group sing-along sessions of classic Beethoven sonatas.
Fitness Fusion’s certified trainers employ an ultramodern arsenal of fitness equipment to shape soft physiques, improve flexibility, and enhance vitality during custom personal-training sessions. To actively avoid monotonous workout routines, such as bench-pressing encyclopedias, fitness experts work one on one with visitors to forge a creative and challenging regimen that’s tailored to their individual needs and corporeal cues. Each one-hour personal-training session includes 30 minutes of intense, sweat-manufacturing exercise, followed by an additional 30 minutes of supervised cardiovascular training. Clients shed excess pounds comfortably in Fitness Fusion’s private studio, stocked with free weights, benches, and cardio tackle outfitted with built-in TVs, iPod plug-ins, and holographic visions of their future svelte selves.
Home to professional, regional theater, Open Stage of Harrisburg closes the curtain on its 25th season with a diverse quartet of one-person plays. This year's Flying Solo Festival opens with Pretty (June 2 at 8 p.m.), which tells an entertaining, tiara-driven tale of beauty pageants and society's preoccupation with pulchritude, written and performed by Jessica Bedford. Authored and acted out by Peterson Toscano, Transfigurations (June 9 at 8 p.m.) introduces the Bible's unsung gender-variant protagonists and recounts their stories with humor and heart, and Artificial Fellow Traveler (June 16 at 8 p.m.) stars playwright-performer Ethan Sandler and incorporates found texts to address fears, conspiratorial or otherwise, about the CIA's involvement in the Cold War and the invention of the Roomba. Lastly, Barbara Bates Smith slips on a gingham house-dress and wide-brimmed sassy hat to become the story-telling protagonist of Ivy Rowe (June 23 at 8 p.m.), a stage adaptation of Lee Smith's novel Fair and Tender Ladies.
Momentum Fitness Center embraces guests of all ages, shapes, and sizes, with one stipulation: they must be female. At the women-only gym, the owner—a woman tired of trying and failing with fad diets—and more than 40 female employees foster an atmosphere of encouragement to help other gals get in shape. Like minimalist interior designers, they believe a simple approach yields the best results and incorporate this philosophy into nutritional counseling and women-only fitness classes. The instructors lead almost 100 classes per week with something for all tastes and skill levels, from Intro to Mat Pilates to BodyCombat, a fast-paced sequence of karate, boxing, kung fu, and tai kwon do moves.
The ties of camaraderie also seep into the common workout areas, two of which host cardio and strength equipment. That’s in addition to four studios for classes and group training, a private Pilates Reformer studio, and a sauna. While moms are in class or enjoying a mani-pedi or massage at Breathe Salon, kids gather at the childcare center.